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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1835 - ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour with tin alloy details

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in watercolour with tin alloy, the wives of Kaliya, the multi headed serpent king, appealing to Krishna for his life.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1835 - ca. 1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour with tin alloy details


Height: 439 mm maximum, Width: 289 mm maximum

Object history note

Historical significance: Calcutta was recognised as the capital of British India from 1833-1912. By the 1830s, artists had arrived in Calcutta from rural villages in Bengal and began to produce paintings that reflected the local history, mythology, customs and conflicts of a colonised society. As a popular art form, these artists are recognised for their use of brilliant colour, simplified images and swift brushstrokes that became the hallmark of Kalighat painting in the 19th and early 20th century.

Descriptive line

Painting, wives of Kaliya appealing to Krishna, watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1835-1840

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, W.G (1971) Kalighat Painting, A Catalogue and Introduction, HMSO.


Paint; Watercolour; Tin alloy; Paper



Subjects depicted

Demon; Serpent; Deity; Wives


Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Myths & Legends; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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